Yaung Chi (‘radiance’ in the Myanmar language) is a three-year project to stimulate economic growth and improve health and educational outcomes through the productive use of energy. Pact will work with up to 70 unelectrified villages in Meiktila Township, Mandalay Region to promote women’s entrepreneurship through training, skills development and linkages with government and financial service providers; advance small enterprise development through standalone decentralized energy solutions; and electrify rural education and health facilities. The project will build the local governance capacity for administering loan schemes for productive use equipment and the operations and maintenance of roof-top solar projects for public facilities by community members, leading to long-term self-reliance.
Women Included: Nurturing Growth and Security (WINGS)
The WINGS project offers a comprehensive, tailored package of services targeting rural, marginalized and vulnerable women to enhance their economic security by enabling their success as employees and entrepreneurs. Working in four regions – Lviv, Kharkiv, Kyiv and Poltava – WINGS focuses primarily on rural women, who face additional barriers to fulfilling their personal and economic potential due to negative stereotypes, limited access to resources and constrained employment opportunities. The project is creating a competitive, innovative, sustainable environment for the growth of women-owned small and medium-sized enterprises and providing employment and entrepreneurship opportunities. WINGS targets women who face multi-dimensional vulnerabilities, specifically survivors of domestic and gender-based violence, women who have served prison sentences, women living with HIV, women living with disabilities, ethnic minorities, women affected by the conflict, women with partners in the military and women veterans. WINGS engages with men and community influencers to encourage shifts in the social and cultural norms that undermine women and perpetuate negative stereotypes.
Smart Power Myanmar
Smart Power Myanmar is accelerating access to renewable energy for poor and vulnerable people in Myanmar by bringing together key players in the public and private sectors, spurring economic growth and transforming lives in rural communities. The Smart Power Myanmar facility is building a viable, decentralized renewable energy ecosystem by ensuring the right incentives and policies are created to expand the reach of productive power to those who live without sufficient access, with a focus on customer-centered solutions, long-term socio-economic development and systemic change. The Smart Power Myanmar facility aims to mobilize hundreds of millions of dollars to support the rollout of thousands of mini-grids and other rural electrification solutions that are in line with Myanmar’s National Electrification Plan. In addition to The Rockefeller Foundation, the facility’s founding members include The World Bank, USAID and Yoma Strategic Holdings. Learn more at smartpowermyanmar.org.
Swan Yi III
Swan Yi uses Pact’s award-winning savings-based women’s economic empowerment model, WORTH, to help women better support themselves and their families. In addition to helping women save money and access credit, WORTH provides intensive training and support to build members' capacity as successful entrepreneurs. The project incorporates leadership skills to support the health and education of women, their families, and communities. Swan Yi also incorporates an advocacy curriculum rooted in empowerment principles, educating members on topics including labor laws, domestic violence, divorce, and children’s and land rights. Continuous self-learning helps women develop business literacy and numeracy skills to start, manage, and sustain their businesses. Recently added project components include creating a healthy physical environment at the community level by improving water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) in schools, and promoting improved waste management practices through a participatory community action planning process. As a part of the latest project component, Pact is building connections between recycling-based SMEs and WORTH groups to explore new income generation opportunities for women.
Accelerating Stunting Reduction in Songwe Region
This four-year project targets Tanzania's Songwe region, where poor hygiene and child malnutrition are especially rampant. Pact is addressing root causes of stunting in infants and young children with a Social and Behavior Change Communication strategy focused on the individual, interpersonal and community levels. Community health workers are educating pregnant women and mothers of young children on topics including hygiene and sanitation, maternal nutrition and early childhood development. Pact is also sensitizing influential family members and local leaders on the importance of childhood nutrition to create an enabling environment.
ITA Tin Supply Chain Initiative (ITSCI)
Pact leads field implementation for the International Tin Association’s tin supply chain initiative (ITSCI), the region’s only internationally accepted, operational due diligence mechanism and mineral traceability system for the 3T minerals -- tungsten, tin and tantalum. The system monitors minerals from the point of extraction at mines sites to smelters, where minerals are processed for use in electronics and other everyday devices. Pact conducts mine baseline studies to assess when sites are able to enter the system and supports governments in implementing the mineral tracking system. We also ensure that international guidance for ‘conflict free’ minerals is respected, including no human rights abuses, child labor, armed conflict or corruption. Pact records incidents when they arise and facilitates their resolution. The system allows tens of thousands of miners to earn a dignified living and build a better future for themselves and their families.